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Duncan M

Duncan M

Duncan M

Duncan Mwrote a review of on March 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This jacket is great for aerobic activities since the insulation is only on the front. I was really impressed with how this jacket performed under my ski shell, I normally overheat easily when skiing but in ~17-8°F weather I was very happy with the warmth provided and also the breathability of the jacket. I didn't have any sweat built up on the back of the chest panel, which was a concern. Also a very comfortable piece to wear to the pub once you get off the mountain, and folds up smaller than expected in your pack.

The jacket is sized to fit over a base layer and 100/200wt fleece but not much more than that. Definitely a midlayer fit, sleeves are a touch long but I don't mind, they are nice and stretchy with comfortable thumb holes.

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Duncan M

Duncan Mwrote a review of on February 4, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I really love the way this jacket looks, and it is very soft inside, but it depressingly underperforms in the warmth department. It is significantly less warm than a Patagonia Synchilla or Arcteryx Delta AR. I have had it for over a year and keep throwing it on because it's a very nice looking jacket with Patagonia's high standard quality of production and soft interior. Good for around the house or anything above 55°F as the sleeves are too tight to accommodate much layering underneath. You're better off spending your money on a decent wool sweater if you want to look nice, or one of the hundreds of other 200wt fleeces on the market if you want fleece.

I'm 6' 175lbs with athletic build and the large fit perfectly. A little baggy/square in the torso but that is standard for Patagonia cut. Not nearly as baggy as Synchilla.

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Duncan M

Duncan Mwrote a review of on June 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5

I've been a big fan of my Vasque Breeze boots for a while but I noticed some foot fatigue after hiking 10-15 miles on rocky trails with any weight on my back. I decided to try the Sagas since they seemed to be a bit more substantial backpacking boot vs dayhike like the Breeze.

I did a 10 mile test run with ~30 lbs on my back and was incredibly happy with them, my feet didn't even feel remotely sore. These boots fit very similar to the Breeze boots but have a bit higher ankle protection and a better shank/more grippy sole. Out of the box comfort was impressive, no breaking in was required. Hiking in 100° FL heat and the boots felt fine, GTX boots are never going to be cool but I was very content with how my feet felt (socks barely had any sweat dampness when I took off the boot)

My only complaint is that the laces are thin and make it a pain to get a good tight fit. They dig in to your fingers when you try to grab them and pull tight, I would prefer the flat laces that some other Vasque boots have. If you have wide feet these might be a little tight but since mine are a bit more narrow I was very happy with the fit.

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Duncan Mwrote a review of on March 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I was worried it was a little too techy looking when I first opened it but this jacket has quickly grown on me. Taken it camping on the AT and was perfect for sub 30F mornings, the hood looks a little ridiculous but is super effective at sealing heat in and makes a big difference. I just wore it in Michigan working outside all day in 24F with high winds and was astounded at how well it blocked the wind and kept me warm with a wool base layer and microfleece underneath. I kept waiting to pull out the down but never did!
The shell seems pretty thin and I worry about doing any bushwhacking in this jacket but to its credit there are no signs of wear whatsoever. packs up small and light with no effort. 6' 180 with broad chest and shoulders and large fits me perfectly, handsome cut but not too tight in the midsection.

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